Minaya’s mess

Posted: July 4, 2009 in Mets

Why did God make us Mets fans?

Why did God make us Mets fans?

As the season hits the halfway mark (Sunday’s game will be the exact midway point), it’s already looking like the Mets will be waiting until next year to make a postseason appearance.
Yes, I know the Mets play in a putrid NL East.
Yes, I’m aware each team in the NL East has problems.
And I’m duly cognizant that the Mets are only three games out of first place, tied with the Atlanta Braves for third.
But does any Met fan out there think this team is going anywhere?
The other teams in the NL East have clear-cut strengths.
The Phillies still have an amazing lineup that will only get better when Raul Ibanez returns from the disabled list. They can score in bunches and despite a lackluster starting rotation, the team is the defending champion and knows how to win games.
The Marlins have quality young arms in Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Chris Volstad and Andrew Miller. They’ve got an offense that packs plenty of power with the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Jorge Cantu and Dan Uggla. Their bullpen is their primary weakness.
The Braves have the best starting staff in the division, and it only got better with the addition of rookie Tommy Hanson. Atlanta has struggled scoring runs at times, but they’ve got the organizational depth to acquire a bat before the trading deadline.
Which leaves our Mets.
Just what is their strength?
Starting pitching certainly isn’t, as the rotation consists of Johan Santana, Mike Pelfrey and a merry-go-round of question marks. Livan Hernandez has been a nice story, but the wheels totally came off against the Phillies the other night and I’m thinking we’ll see a rough second half from the burly righty. Tim Redding has been putrid, and he’s lost his rotation spot to Oliver Perez, who was even worse before an injury sidelined him in early May. Perez hasn’t been all that great during his minor-league rehab starts, but he’s making a ton of money and the Mets need to get a return on that investment. Fernando Nieve had three great starts, but he’s Fernando Nieve, people. He’s not a very good pitcher.
The bullpen was a strength early in the year, but it struggled in June, especially youngster Bobby Parnell, who had been counted on to fill the eighth-inning void left by JJ Putz’s injury. The pen has been better of late, but how long can we expect the likes of Pat Misch and Elmer Dessens to keep pitching well?
The offense has been decimated by injuries, leaving guys like Alex Cora and Gary Sheffield getting far more starts than they were expected to when the season started. David Wright has a great batting average and little else. He looks lost at the plate half the time and his power has been non-existent. It really looks like he’s trying to do too much, overcompensating for the losses of Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado.
The defense has been comical, with a variety of embarassing plays, slips in the outfield, dropped pop-ups, terrible throws.
Omar Minaya, the team you’ve assembled is not a good one. Even if the Mets had all their players, they often play like they’re sleepwalking, a team that doesn’t seem to care. Whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure. Just going off what I see on a daily basis from this club. Maybe Minaya knows one move won’t save this club, but this is a mess of his own creation. More and more, I don’t believe this man is the guy who can lead the Mets to the promised land.
While he has made some good moves, I’ve seen far more bad than good lately. The team doesn’t have an identity, nor does it seem to have a leader. I don’t know how much the players even listen to manager Jerry Manuel. Everything is a mess right now. I guess a five-game winning streak could change my perspective, but that would likely only be a temporary boost. If Johan can’t regain his form tomorrow, the Mets will be three games under .500 at the halfway mark and four games out of first.
Here are the NL Least standings.
Philadelphia 41-37 —
Florida 42-40 1
Atlanta 39-41 3
METS 39-41 3

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